I spent most of last night thinking about living life as single senior in Christ. I had become an official senior for medical at age 65. Turning 65 was a milestone, I was also retired from the work force. However, turning 66 this week has more of an impact on me. Perhaps because the thrill of 65 have started to fad and I am now embarking on the senior life. But then if I look back when AARP started knocking on my door when I was 49 just when did my journey begin into senior life.
I can recall a couple of years ago at the church I attended the current pastor was retiring so they were in search of the next “Joshua”. In other words, they wanted someone younger in the lead pastor role. Many seniors at the church at that time felt like they were being ignored. Was God now not interested in what they had to offer in ministry? I must admit I felt the same way to. Hower the only consolidation I got was from the bible itself, where it states that God used Moses and Aaron when in their 80’s to achieve his purpose. Exodus 7:7 “Now Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.”
Caleb – After the forty years of wandering and five more years of war within Canaan, Caleb was 85 years old; yet he was as strong as ever and able to fight the same Anakites that had frightened his countrymen. His confidence was born out of his absolute faith in the promises of God.
As I reflected on this, it came to my mind that the Apostle Paul, said despite all he did he still had not obtain it all., but kept on pressing on toward the upward call of God in Christ, Philippians 3:14. As I kept on reflecting more on this topic of senior age and God’s plan for us. I realize God was saying to me I am not done with you yet. He will continue to use me in ways I have not imagine.
I am convinced that God did not bless us into senior life to sit around and wait to die. Not to say I left all the ministry to the middle age or young saints. As senior saints we have to be open the working and directives of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The more I am open to that, the more excited I get. God has a place for us senior saints. Woo Hoo! The senior blessed life has just begin!